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As you have probably already seen, beginning in 2018, the World of Hyatt program (finally) began counting award stays towards qualifying for elite status. This will obviously really help those of us who sprinkle in a fair amount of award stays along with paid Hyatt visits throughout the year.
They didn’t say this at the time, but apparently, they had another trick (or actually, treat) up their sleeves. Earlier this week, many World of Hyatt members, such as my friend Pizza in Motion, began getting email notifications that their 2017 Hyatt award stays were counting retroactively towards 2017 Hyatt elite status. This helped some folks bump up to top-tier Globalist, some to Explorist or Discoverist status, and it helped some who had already secured Globalist status achieve milestones that are unlocked at 70, 80, 90, and 100-night thresholds.
While I’m sure some Hyatt fans will be frustrated by this retroactive crediting as they would have done some things differently in 2017 if they knew this would happen, I still think it is pretty cool that some travelers will benefit and achieve more perks or a higher status level than they expected!
I reached out to Hyatt just to confirm what was happening, and here was their response:
As for the recent targeted member communications re: retro awards – as you know, we recently announced that free night awards count toward tier status in 2018. Since our members have been anxiously awaiting this benefit, we’re excited to share that member activity in 2017 was evaluated to see if it would have adjusted elite status or receipt of night threshold rewards. To this end, earlier this week members were notified if their 2017 award night activity resulted in maintaining elite status another year or upgrading to Discoverist, Explorist or Globalist through February 2019. Members were also notified if award night activity resulted in rewarding them with the choice of a suite upgrade award or 10,000 Bonus Points for reaching 70, 80, 90 or 100-night thresholds.
This surprise crediting from 2017, the news that award stays count for 2018 and beyond, and the extension of the Category 1-4 and 1-7 awards from 120 days to 180 days really shows me that World of Hyatt is course correcting a bit and heading in a good direction.
Did anyone here benefit from this retroactive World of Hyatt surprise?